L.G. Bradshaw lives in Minnesota. He served in the United States Army and worked in law enforcement for 14 years, witnessing all manner of human depravity, some of which haunts him to this day. Dot to Dot is his first of many novels. He has finished writing two others, and is working on a fourth. Check out his website: www.lgbradshaw.com.
Q: Welcome to Beyond the Books, L.G. Can we start out by telling us whether you are published for the first time or are you multi-published?
Thanks. Dot to Dot is my first published novel. Since leaving my career in law enforcement, I’ve been writing full time. I’m working on other novels right now.
Q: What was the name of your very first book regardless of whether it was published or not and, if not published, why?
Dot to Dot is my very first book. Not the last, though!
Q: For your first published book, how many rejections did you go through before you either found a mainstream publisher, self-published it, or paid a vanity press to publish it?
I received a hand full of rejections before deciding to self publish Dot to Dot. It was so rewarding to receive that first copy in the mail. Very emotional.
Q: How did the rejections make you feel and what did you do to overcome the blows?
Frankly, any kind of rejection sucks. But, that’s life. You have to believe in yourself, even when others can’t readily see what you have to offer. It doesn’t really matter what others think of you or your work. The only thing that matters is what you think of yourself.
Q: When your first book was published, who published it and why did you choose them?
Dot to Dot was published through CreateSpace. I chose them after reading several reviews. They were great to work with. Professional and very thorough.
Q: How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?
Like I mentioned earlier, receiving the very first copy of my novel – holding it in my hands and smelling the fresh print – was very emotional. As for the celebration, my sons and I went to McDonalds. They wanted happy meals!
Q: What was the first thing you did as for as promotion when you were published for the first time?
My first promotion I did through Face Book. Got a lot of great feedback, too. People really seemed to enjoy the book, one character in particular: a ten year old boy who deals with his mother’s abusive boyfriend in a very interesting way.
Q: If you had to do it over again, would you have chosen another route to be published?
I’m very pleased so far with the route I have chosen. Frankly, after having spent 14 years in law enforcement, the world of publishing is all new to me. I’m learning, though.
Q: Have you been published since then and how have you grown as an author?
Dot to Dot is my only published work as of now. That’s going to change, though. I have two other finished manuscripts, and recently started work on a fourth.
Q: Looking back since the early days when you were trying to get published, what do you think you could have done differently to speed things up? What kind of mistakes could you have avoided?
Honestly, I have no idea what else I could have done different. Like I said, the publishing world is all new to me. I’m looking forward to learning a lot more about it, though.
Q: What has been the biggest accomplishment you have achieved since becoming published?
I recently attended my first book club meeting with a group of women who read my book. I felt honored that they took the time to read Dot to Dot.
Q: If you could have chosen another profession, what would that profession be?
Nothing else! I want to write. That’s it. I worked in law enforcement for 14 years, and that was rewarding in its own way.
Q: Would you give up being an author for that profession or have you combined the best of both worlds?
I feel like I’ve combined the best of both worlds. I learned a lot and witnessed so much while working as a police officer. Some of those things seep into my writing. It’s inevitable, really.
Q: How do you see yourself in ten years?
In ten years I see myself as a happy person focused on my family. I will have published several more novels, and that will be fulfilling on a personal level. That can’t take the place of the relationships I will build along the way, though.
Q: Any final words for writers who dream of being published one day?
Don’t give up and believe in yourself. Forget what everyone else says and do your own thing. If you succeed, cool. If not, fuck it, who cares. In the end, we all die. Might as well enjoy the ride.